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Winnipeg Votes 2006
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Voting Date: October 25, 2006  

Council Races


North Kildonan

Final Results:

North Kildonan Total
%
Number of Polls 49/49  
Jeff Browaty 6820 52.08
Mark Lubosch (incumbent)
4563
34.85
James Viehweg
1712
13.07

Ward Profile:

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Incorporated in 1925 and annexed to the city of Winnipeg in 1972, North Kildonan was originally a Mennonite settlement on the Red River. As of 2001, Mennonites accounted for 13.8 per cent of the population.

According to the last census in 2001, the ward has a population of 36,840. Residents aged 65-74 represent the largest age demographic, and the average income that year was $30,074.

In the last 10 years, the population has decreased by 2.8 per cent. The unemployment rate stood at 4.6 per cent in 2001, a little under the national average.

Ward profile by Matt Wright, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

Candidates

Jeff Browaty

At 29, this will be Jeff Browaty’s first run for public office. At 17, a stint as Manitoba legislative page sparked his interest in politics. In 1999, he joined the Progressive Conservative youth squad and increasingly became more involved in politics. Currently a real estate appraiser, Browaty still calls North Kildonan home.

Quick Check - Jeff Browaty"I’ve always been civically minded, I was born and raised in this area and interested in community issues."

Transportation issues are a major concern to the residents of North Kildonan, specifically roads and traffic congestion. There are concerns over the closing of McIvor Avenue and the absence of an extension of the Chief Peguis Trail between Henderson Highway and Lagimodiere Boulevard.

According to Browaty, since the closure of McIvor Avenue, the intersection of Springfield and Lagimodiere has become "atrociously dangerous. It’s one of the top two or three most accident-prone intersections in the city, I believe. That has to be addressed sooner rather than later," he said.

Browaty believes "treacherous" sidewalks in the ward threaten seniors in the area. This demographic group accounts for 8.9 per cent of residents in the ward, a large block of the voting population.

"A little bit of sand and some prompt attention will save the pain and agony of falling down and saves our health system money."

Public safety tops his list of the most important issues facing the area.

"You just don’t see a lot of police presence on our streets here, the nearest police station is way out in Transcona, it’s not even close to Transcona."

He said he’s been getting a good reception from people during his door-to-door canvassing.

"I’m focusing on being a better communicator. The perception I’m getting from the people is that city hall never listens, they don’t return calls, they don’t respond to e-mails."

"When you make a decision, go with it, explain why you’re doing it, be rational about it, and I think in the long run people will respect that," he said.

In response to the unanswered questions in the CBC Quick Check Candidate Guide, Browaty says that such questions are hard to answer as they are not black and white in nature.

Related link: Jeff Browaty website

Candidate profile by Matt Wright, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.


Mark Lubosch (incumbent)

Mark Lubosch has been a city councillor representing North Kildonan for the last 11 years. At 42, this will be his fourth run for ward councillor. He won in the 1995, 1998 and 2002 civic elections. He has two degrees from the University of Manitoba in political studies and criminology and holds an MBA from Athabasca University.

Quick Check - Mark LuboschAccording to Lubosch, there are universal issues facing both his ward and the entire city, such as public safety and infrastructure. He says you can always hire more police officers, though the structure of the police department should be made as efficient as possible before any additions are made.

The maintenance of city parks and playgrounds while holding the line on property taxes is an issue. "You don’t want to continue to maintain that kind of fiscal policy if the costs are outweighing the benefits, because the deferral of maintenance ends up costing us more money, now we’re not repairing something, were actually having to replace it."

Imposing term limits on council members limits the democratic process, Lubosch says.

"Every four years, the electorate has the opportunity to judge and either put them back in office or not," he says.

Lubosch says his constituents appreciate the diligence city council has shown in working hard to ensure people get value for their tax dollar. They also realize that the value isn’t just in what is saved, but in what is delivered.

"The services and amenities delivered by the city need to provide the greatest value to the citizens."

Although asked several times over the years, Lubosch has never associated himself with any political party.

"I believe city council should run as a consensus-based government, that there is no room for party politics at city hall, and I’ve maintained that throughout my political career."

Lubosch says the most valuable lesson he has learned at city hall is "working with a huge variety of people and balancing the varied agendas to create an outcome which provides the greatest public benefit."

Lubosch cites Pierre Trudeau, Ed Schreyer and Joe Clark as political inspirations. He continues to have an open working relationship with Mayor Sam Katz and he expects that to continue.

Candidate profile by Matt Wright, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.


James Viehweg

James Viehweg says if he’s elected to city council on Oct. 25, there won’t be a party.

Quick Check - James ViehwegSome councillors align themselves with the values of political parties, says Viehweg. And for him, those values conflict with the priorities of North Kildonan.

"I don’t think city councillors should side with anybody, and, unfortunately, both of my opponents are…how can you properly represent an area neutrally if you’re either the president of a youth party or…if you say you’re considering running for provincial politics?" he says.

"Obviously being city councillor is not their primary choice."

Solutions to North Kildonan’s problems with traffic and infrastructure are lost in the political gamesmanship, says Viehweg.

If elected, he says he’d immediately get to work on widening Henderson Highway and creating more turning lanes so traffic flows faster.

Smoother flow of traffic would create economic benefits for businesses along the busy strip, and ease congestion on residential streets, he says.

The 32-year-old Viehweg has lived in North Kildonan for most of his life. He holds a degree in politics from the University of Manitoba, and says his political experience has been honed through his work as a management consultant dealing with native bands in the north.

In terms of a larger vision for Winnipeg, Viehweg says the city needs to promote itself elsewhere. He points to efforts by cities such as Calgary, which he says has gained by going after tourism.

"Tourist money is the best money in the world because they come, they stay, they leave – they leave their money here."

To do this, the city needs to have a less cynical view of projects that want to come to town, says Viehweg.

"We’re not Las Vegas – I’m not deluded – but we could advertise packages of Winnipeg," on the strength of the city’s world-class ballet, symphony and museum, he says.

Viehweg says he would also look at alternatives to making North Kildonan safer for residents – and would try to take some of the burden off Winnipeg’s police service while doing so.

"Police are overworked as it is," he says.

Viehweg chose to leave two questionnaire questions unanswered, saying a meaningful response to them depended on other factors.

Related link: James Viehweg website

Candidate profile by James Turner, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

 

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